upper class

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noun
  1. a class of people above the middle class, having the highest social rank or standing based on wealth, family connections, and the like.

Origin of upper class

First recorded in 1830–40
Related formsup·per-class, adjective
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Related Words for upper class

aristocracy, cream, elite, gentry, privileged, society

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British Dictionary definitions for upper class

upper class

noun
  1. the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy, esp the wealthy or the aristocracy
adjective (upper-class when prenominal)
  1. of or relating to the upper class
  2. US education of or relating to the junior or senior classes of a college or high school
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